Lakewood, New Jersey: 1880-1970.
Hardcover. Quarto measuring 11.5" x 11.5". Black leather ring binder. Contains 51 cabinet cards or black and white photographs measuring between 3” x 2.5” and 7.5" x 6" with some captions and 54 letters, documents, and other ephemera. Some like edgewear else fine with near fine photographs and letters with some light edgewear and creasing.
An archive of photographs, letters, and other ephemera pertaining to the First Baptist Church in Lakewood, New Jersey spanning from the late 1880s through 1970. Included here are treasury reports, bonds, documentation on the students attending Sunday school as well as the teachers and officers, bank statements, membership cards, sermon booklets, burial permits, and pamphlets about the church. One of the pamphlets is for the 100th year anniversary of the church in 1868. The photographs depict several of the Pastors and missionaries within the church as well as family pictures of patrons of the church, theatrical plays for holiday services, and Sunday school pictures. A photograph of six students is captioned, “Displaced students from Estonia visiting our church,” with young people dressed fashionably all smiling around an altar. Most of the photographs are from the late 1890s with some of the larger photographs depicting church services and plays from the 1950s through 1960s. Some of the photographs are cabinet cards printed by Searing Photography which include well composed shots of prominent people in the church and benefactors. The letters span conversations about the churches finances, to patrons thanking priests, people interested in joining the church, and elderly members departing from the church.
An expansive collection of historical content pertaining to the First Baptist Church in Lakewood, New Jersey spanning almost a century.